The Senior Women in Policing 2019 (SWiP19) conference has been held in Birmingham from Wednesday 6 March, with today, Friday 8 March, being the final day of the event.
The conference has been hosted by Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Mercia and West Midland Police forces, and is a celebration of all women in the police force.
The timing of this year’s conference is significant as it opens the opportunity to celebrate together in unison with International Women’s Day.
BBC TV Presenter, Steph McGovern is hosting the event at two stunning city centre venues, The Birmingham Repertory Theatre and The Library of Birmingham, where there is an impressive stage line up supported by a diverse range of workshops.
Staffordshire Youth Commission allows young people to support, challenge and inform the work of the Staffordshire Police, Fire and Rescue and Crime.
Staffs Live reporter, Olivia Lucas, is the Coordinator for the Staffordshire Youth Commission and attended the final day of the event in Birmingham.
She said: “There is a real feel of excitement in the air today especially as the events finale falls on International Women’s day. There are amazing guest speakers in the line up such as Author and Mental Health Expert, Ruby Wax, HMI (Her Majesty’s Inspector), Zoe Billingham, and also Grace Ononiwu OBE, as well as many others.’
With the aim to break the glass ceiling, the first women to take the role as Chief Crown prosecutor for the West Midlands, Grace Ononiwu, spoke about how women can get to that level and pursue a managerial role.
Sue Arnold, the Deputy Commissioner for Staffordshire, who is a passionate supporter for victims of abuse, explains that she is very excited to be a part of the event.
She announced that she was: “Absolutely delighted to be in Birmingham today for international women’s day 2019. We are at a fantastic venue. We have women from all over the 43 forces from, Chief Constables to Detective Sergeants to Police Constables.
With 1 in 4 women being affected with domestic abuse or sexual abuse, Sue and her team of Staffordshire ladies, send their strength and love to them all.
“All the women in policing and the criminal justice system are very special people, in fact all of our ladies’ moms, grandmas are all fabulous people.
So, a big shout out to all the moms that are juggling work with trying to be at the policing event today cause that’s a juggle in itself.”
The SWiP19 main purpose is to be catalyst for change, with an end goal that women will return to their forces inspired and encouraged to share their thoughts and put plans into action, supported by their colleagues from across the UK.